Our activities can be used either be as stand alone or as part of a greater project. So for example you can run a ‘Find the best way to grow a plant in a bottle’ or a full Micro-gardening program. It is about finding what is appropriate for the needs. It is the scientific thinking that we expect to make the biggest difference and the ability to transfer this across to other projects, rather than the outcomes of the activities themselves. There will be full blogs for each of these projects so please subscribe if you want more information and feel free to add ideas.
The aim of this project is to enable some degree of self sufficiency through learning the fundamentals of plant growth whilst requiring very little space and no expensive resources. The starting point could be to analyse diet and think about whether it is balanced or not. Micro-gardening is very water efficient and can be used to supplement diet in times of drought.
Micro-gardening can take the form of sprouting seeds such as beans to eat in a plastic bottle. What are the best seeds to use and conditions? Mould can be a problem so we might need distilled water which we can get from the distilled water project – alternatively boiled water or UV treated using the SODIS method
Germinating seeds is effective using self watering plastic bottles and then the bottles can be used to protect the seedlings and water the plants
Soil with nutrients will be needed and if compost is not available then making compost in a bottle is possible but slow – although it allows lots of scope for experimenttion. Normal composting systems are recommended and can easily be made from any large container. Burying the compost container can reduce the problem of flies and vermin being attracted.
Plants can be grown in plastic towers of bottles with a top feed bottle and a bottom collecting bottle to ensure water efficiency. They can be attached to posts or downpipes to protect from pests such as rabbits.
Full hydroponics systems can be set up like this one in Brazil full details of methods will follow in a blog but there is a nice summary here of methods
Fly Traps – For Trapping Flies and Mosquitos
According to the World Health Organisation WHO flying Insects cause huge health risks. We can reduce these, not by a lot but every life is of equal value, by creating fly and mosquito traps
- Vector-borne diseases account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing more than 1 million deaths annually.
- More than 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries are at risk of contracting dengue alone.
- Malaria causes more than 600 000 deaths every year globally, most of them children under 5 years of age.
- Other diseases such as Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and schistosomiasis affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
- Many of these diseases are preventable through informed protective measures.
At least 1 in 9 of the World’s population dont have access to clean water. Our projects look at sterilization techniques and the science behind it using the SODIS method and a range of plastic bottle solar stills.
New Materials from Old
Plastic is an incredibly useful material. Plastic bottles can be turned into heat shrink plastic cordage using a simple tool. Plastic bags can make ropes and footballs. Recycling is good but re-using is much greener, especially if it takes the rubbish out of the environment